18 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Empress Elizabeth Russia, 1707
  • Joseph Grimaldi (Joey the Clown), 1779
  • Paul Klee, 1879
  • Ty Cobb, 1886
  • Robert Moses, 1888
  • Gladys Cooper, 1889
  • Christopher Fry, 1907
  • Abe Burrows, 1910
  • Jules Dassin, 1911
  • Willy Brandt, 1913
  • Betty Grable, 1916
  • Ossie Davis, 1917
  • Ramsey Clark, 1927
  • Prince William of Gloucester, 1941
  • Keith Richards, 1943
  • Steven Spielberg, 1946
  • Leonard Maltin, 1950
  • Brad Pitt, 1963
  • Christina Aguilera, 1980

Died On This Day:

  • Antonio Stradivari, 1737
  • Samuel Rogers, 1855
  • Jack 'Legs' Diamond shot, 1931
  • Heywood C. Broun, 1939
  • Bobby Jones, 1971
  • Aleksey Kosygin, 1980
  • Mark Goodson, 1992
  • Sam Wanamaker, 1993
  • Conor Cruise O'Brien, 2008
  • Václav Havel, 2011
  • Ronnie Biggs, 2013
  • Mandy Rice-Davies, 2014
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1774 - Empress Maria Theresa expels all Jews from Prague, Bohemia and Moravia.
  • 1787 - New Jersey becomes the third State to ratify constitution and be admitted to Union
  • 1796 - First Sunday newspaper appears-the Sunday Monitor in Baltimore.
  • 1839 - First photograph of a celestial body - the moon - taken by John William Draper of New York City.
  • 1849 - Ten years after Draper, William Bond takes first photo of moon through a telescope.
  • 1862 - First orthopedic hospital opens in New York - Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled.
  • 1865 - Slavery in the United States abolished by ratification of 13th Amendment.
  • 1890 - Uganda occupied by British East Africa Company.
  • 1898 - Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat, a French racing car driver, sets the first auto land speed record of 39mph in Acheres, Yvelines in a Jeantaud electric car.
  • 1903 - U.S.-Panama Treaty places Canal Zone in U.S. hands.
  • 1907 - French aviator Louis Bleriot demonstrates new plane at Issy and wrecks it.
  • 1912 - Discovery of Piltdown Man announced, later discovered to be a hoax.
  • 1936 - First giant panda, Su-Lin, imported from China to San Francisco by Mrs. William Harkness.
  • 1957 - America's first civilian nuclear power plant at Shippingport Atomic Power Station, PA, generates first electrical power.
  • 1969 - House of Lords in Britain approves resolution of House of Commons to ban capital punishment.
  • 1994 - Enormous underground cavern with Stone Age murals discovered in mountains of southern France.
  • 1997 - Worlds record Nile perch weighing 213.8 lbs caught in Lake Nasser, Egypt by Adrian Brayshaw.
  • 2002 - Robert L. Johnson becomes first black to own major pro sports team - NBA basketball in Charlotte.
  • 2002 - Insurance company Conseco files for bankruptcy, fourth largest in history.
  • 2011 - Last US troops leave Iraq after nine-year war that killed 4,486, seriously wounded 32,226, and cost US taxpayers a trillion dollars.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Winebald

Holiday:

  • Republic Day celebrated in Niger

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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